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Old 05-27-2019, 06:41 PM
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Default Preamp recommendations please

I have a Pass Labs X250.5 and am beginning a search for a preamp. The speakers I am intending to have are Magnepans, most likely 3.7i’s with 20.7s being a remote possibility.

I built a Pass Pearl II to go with my ZYX Omega so I am not looking for a preamp with phono preamp capability.

If I had to get a preamp today I would pick up a Pass Labs, maybe an XP-10 or 12, but I have two projects to finish at work before I can turn my attention to finishing my system so I have time to do some research. Might as well put it to use, have some fun and learn something.

I may end up getting more than one preamp to try and then decide what to keep.

I would very much appreciate if, along with your recommendations, you could give your reasoning why that particular preamp (or type/class of preamp) would be a good fit for the components I have listed.

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Old 05-27-2019, 09:24 PM
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Do you have a preference for solid state or tubes. I like audio research ref 6 w pass if you like tubes. SS I would likely go w Pass pre.
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:46 PM
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I am not philosophically opposed to a tube preamp. Do they have a transformer output? If they do that might not be the best match to the X250.5 input from a source to load impedance point of view, at least on paper. How it sounds is what matters.
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Old 05-28-2019, 06:15 AM
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I highly recommend a Pass Labs preamp. See my thread on Pass Labs Synergy. I had a 250.8 and ended up buying an XP22 preamp. It was the best combination I tried with the Pass amp and while I now own 260.8 amps, I continue to love the preamp.

You should also call Kent at Pass Labs. He can walk you through the sonic differences between the XP10, XP12 and XP22. Good luck.
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:31 AM
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Thanks Dave!

I bought the X250.0 used from a nice gentleman. He played it for me in his system with an XP-12 and Wilson Sasha speakers when I went to pick it up. It was quite nice.

Is there a Pass preamp that is the obvious match to the X250.5?
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currently utilizing a pair of X260.8's driving a pair of Revel Studio 2's. My preamp(Linestage) of choice is an ARC LS28, I couldn't be happier.
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Old 05-28-2019, 06:49 PM
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currently utilizing a pair of X260.8's driving a pair of Revel Studio 2's. My preamp(Linestage) of choice is an ARC LS28, I couldn't be happier.

Thanks for the response.

What is it about the LS28 that compelled you to chose it to drive the X260.8's?
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:17 AM
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I’m using a XP22 with an X250.5 and Maggie 3.7’s it is an outstanding combination. That give’s my big system a serious run. The magic came with the XP22
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